Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground

Tom Morello is a tireless musician and activist who fights injustice. I admire his energy, passion, and commitment to causes. I support his mission.

Tom Morello’s new album The Atlas Underground is due out on October 12.

It is a diverse collaboration of guests including Killer Mike, Vic Mensa, Knife Party, Gary Clark Jr., Steve Aoki, amongst others.

“Amid this heightened sense of impending doom, it’s now time to rally the troops in a last-ditch effort to save the planet, and our artistic souls. By challenging the boundaries of what music is and has sounded like before, you can open people’s eyes to changing the status quo in society.” – Tom Morello

TRACKLIST:
01 “Battle Sirens” (Feat. Knife Party)
02 “Rabbit’s Revenge” (Feat. Bassnectar, Big Boi, & Killer Mike)
03 “Every Step That I Take” (Feat. Portugal. The Man & Whethan)
04 “We Don’t Need You” (Feat. Vic Mensa)
05 “Find Another Way” (Feat. Marcus Mumford)
06 “How Long” (Feat. Steve Aoki & Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath)
07 “Lucky One” (Feat. K.Flay)
08 “One Nation” (Feat. Pretty Lights)
09 “Vigilante Nocturno” (Feat. Carl Restivo)
10 “Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is” (Feat. Gary Clark Jr. & Nico Stadi)
11 “Roadrunner” (Feat. Leikeli47)
12 “Lead Poisoning” (Feat. GZA, RZA, & Herobust)

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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 – Special One Night Event, Tuesday August 13th

The indoor edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 arrives in select cinemas nationwide for a special one night event this Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30pm (local time)!

For tickets and the cinema near you go to: http://www.fathomevents.com/#!clapton-crossroads

The cinema event will include exclusive video from this year’s legendary guitar festival including behind-the-scenes footage at Madison Square Garden.

Performing Artists: Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes

Gary Clark Jr. Collectibles

Gary Clark Jr. continues his logical ascension as a bluesman of authority. This blog post highlights two collectibles that I am eager to own.

1) Living Blues magazine current issue features Gary Clark Jr. as the cover artist and feature story.  Living Blues was acquired by the University of Mississippi in 1983 and is published bimonthly by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  In case you were not aware Living Blues was founded as America’s first blues publication in Chicago in 1970 and it remains our nation’s #1 blues magazine to this day!

When we get that Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display the goal is to digital subscribe to this publication of journalism excellence. A companion goal is to author a blues article for this illustrious magazine one day 🙂

2) Record Store Day 2013 Exclusive –  “HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. 2” – 12” EP Colored vinyl – (1000 copies only)

I’ll be on the hunt for this vinyl specialty item. Wish me luck 😉

Over twenty minutes of music and performance mastery available for the first time in all of its analog glory. Vol. 2 features a blistering live performance of “When My Train Comes In” as well as a studio version of the track of his hit album, Blak And Blu. A beautiful crafted limited edition offering mastered at 45 rpm and cut by Bernie Grundman Mastering for maximum vibes.

Gary Clark Jr. is made in America
Gary Clark Jr. is made in America (Photo credit: Nastassia Davis [www.nastassiadavis.com])

The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim

I am listening to Buddy Guy‘s biography, “Why I Left Home: My Story”. He talks about his early influences, highlighting Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones) with deep reverence and respect.  I was fascinated to learn that Buddy Guy loved his recording, “The Things I Used To Do” so much that he played it every day for two years straight. Surprisingly I had never heard this Guitar Slim recording before so I used the Google search engine to get more information about why “The Things I Used To Do” had such a powerful impact on Buddy Guy.

It was one of the biggest hits in the Specialty Record label’s history and stayed on the rhythm and blues charts for 42 weeks.[4] The song held at #1 for six weeks, and was the best-selling R&B record of the year (1953), selling more than a million copies.[2]

I gave “The Things I Used To Do” by Guitar Slim himself a couple of listens. I liked what I heard in this 12 bar blues standard but I wasn’t bowled over by it. Maybe I had the wrong expectations about this song, so I kept listening and interpreting.

I then decided to listen to it through Buddy Guy’s performances and it took a stronger hold with me.

I had no idea so many musicians had recorded a cover version of Guitar Slim’s bestseller. Such artists as Richie Havens, John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn just to name a few.

I especially liked that Jimmie Vaughn and Gary Clark Jr. joined together to do “The Things That I Used To Do” as a heartfelt tribute for Buddy Guy at The Kennedy Center Honors recently.

Gary Clark Cover Story – Paste Magazine M Player Edition

 Find out more about Gary Clark Jr. who is getting a lot of deserved focus. I like this novel approach to the Webzine, multimedia content that Paste M Player has designed and delivered.

Click here to see it (you have to set up an account first which can start as free for 7 days). I chose the Facebook  Connect option (OpenID…).

Please note this is not a Responsive Design Web app. It is not usable today on the iPhone device. Perhaps in the future.

Use your favorite Web browser for now (mine is Google Chrome right now…)

Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu

Very few artists thrill and excite me like Gary Clark Jr. I consider him the real deal. I am thankful we have Gary Clark Jr. to carry the blues forward to successive generations.

His new album Blak and Blu brings it front and center. Give a listen for free on Apple iTunes (while the offer lasts).

Gary Clark, Jr. – Blues Top Gun

I was browsing the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine today, when I happened upon a music review for blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., written by Will Hermes.

Hermes writes about Gary Clark Jr. ‘s EP Bright Lights:

Meet the Texas young gun taking the blues to nasty new places

This article commands my attention as I take comfort in the blues being carried aloft by sincere, focused musicians. Gary Clark Jr. embodies that persona admirably. I flash on last seeing Gary Clark Jr. with Doyle Bramhall on the DVD of the Clapton 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival that I own. It hits me. He played Bright Lights that day. That’s the title of the EP Will Hermes is aglow about. It fits like tongue and groove after that.

I try to resist as best I can becoming “too” influenced by the hype. It has turned out wrongly applied to artist’s musical talents in the past. The music industry reeks of false bravado just to move product. But the more I listen to the EP download, the more I find Gary Clark Jr.’s blues style and gritty vocals coursing through these old veins.

He’s truly authentic as Doyle Bramhall states. The Bright Lights EP is nicely counterbalanced, two studio tracks and two live tracks. The artist’s commitment to the blues comes across as others typify him, Gary Clark Jr. is a Top Gun Bluesman.

Making myself a note to start hunting for a live performance by Gary Clark Jr. so I can get the total effect up close and personal soon.